Hosting Center was founded in 2002, making them a very experienced Russian web hosting company. They now have over 240,000 customers from around the world making use of their shared web hosting, VPS, dedicated server, and colocation services. Their Tier III data centers are located in Russia, France, and the U.S., providing a global reach.
Features and Ease of Use
Hosting Center provides all of the basics of web hosting alongside their catalog of products, such as:
- Free domain registration with purchase of at least six months of hosting
- SSH and basic SSL included for free with shared hosting plans
- Premium dedicated certificates from Thawte and GeoTrust available at extra cost
- Email hosting
- Backup services
- Unlimited traffic
- 99.95% uptime
Their web hosting plans are pretty standard with nothing that really stands out. However, they do come with a cPanel license, which will allow you to install almost any CMS or script via Softaculous.
Their VPS products come with high-bandwidth connections of 100 Mbps and support IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. They also run on SSD storage for better performance than standard hosting. One notable aspect of Hosting Center is their 1C-Bitrix VPS hosting, which allows you to run this web environment for your business applications and is a unique service offered almost exclusively by them.
Hosting Center’s dedicated servers are housed in world-class Tier III data centers with the TIA-942 standard, ensuring high availability and reliability. You can choose between a number of Linux or Windows distributions and the ISPmanager Lite control panel. You also get IPMI remote control of your server through a web interface with BIOS access. Additionally, if their RAID 1 redundancy with multiple backup drives isn’t enough, you can also add on FTP backups.
Pricing and Support
Hosting Center offers a relatively straightforward range of shared web, VPS, and dedicated server hosting. Although they don’t offer any blanket money back guarantees, you can test out one of their web hosting plans for 14 days on a trial basis.
All their plans come with monthly, quarterly (except for dedicated and colocated servers), semi-annual, and annual billing with discounted rates for longer periods. They also offer unlimited traffic across the board. Pricing starts at very affordable rates.
Hosting Center provides 24/7 expert technical support with all of their products and plans. While you can reach them via a local Russian and international phone line, they mostly provide technical support via a ticketing system. The customer support staff isn’t always the friendliest or most attentive, but they usually get the job done regardless. They also have a fairly extensive help section with articles answering the most common questions asked.